This will be the only conscience-based post I will put up here. I set up some ideas about how I want you to view this space.
I do believe we should be allowed to express an opinion, the only problem I have is the reason behind it. Oddly enough, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms allows people to be racist (for example), though it also protects those who are subjects of hate-speech.
You have every right to criticise a religion, a government or a celebrity; yet, you need to understand others have the right to challenge your process. Reposting a meme or a rant from someone who fits in your hate space is not a form of dialogue. Okay, it is if you are 17 years old and having an argument over the best episode of ‘Big Bang Theory’.
Be cautious of what you say, as we are in a place of wanting a verbally cleaner place. This may mean taking stock of what you term as “important” in regards to ethics and morals. There is not an increase in xenophobia, only now we see those committing it no longer being afraid to hide it. That being said, those of us looking for a better place also need to be aware we cannot be arseholes either.
I have tried to combat the hate with love but that does not work all the time. I do occasionally ask for those in full speed hate to take a day off. It could mean they are tired of watching Bravo Television six hours a day. Or, they may need to use the facilities.
Sometimes having a poo can make things feel so much better.
Cull your hate-filled herd if you need to, I do it quite often. I also encourage some engagement (this applies to close relationships, mind); this is a reminder to both of you that there are parameters to adhere to. Those mashings that involve unknown combatants should be taken with a bit more care. By care, I mean do not engage. These conflicts are for “likes” more than anything – disregard. Agreements need to be set up, arguements hashed out – hopefully ending in a beverage of choice (if a personal meeting) or a meme hug (if on the Internet).